Tim Scott headed to the US Senate

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley just announced her selection of Rep. Tim Scott, a black conservative Republican, to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint.

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Noted poet, author and educator Dr. Millican laid to rest

Sumter, SC – Dr. Arthenia Jackson Bates Millican, the noted poet, author and educator, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 13, at National Health Care Center in her hometown of Sumter, SC, from complications related to pneumonia. She was 92.

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A Sick Nation

In the sorrow of the Newtown Connecticut tragedy, as families shattered by tragedy prepare to bid farewell to their loved ones, we must finally confront the truth that we are a sick nation. We are sick, and I believe clinically so, because we fail to address the pain of mental illness and turn a blind eye to the destructiveness of our gun obsessed culture. We are in a state of denial. Despite a rising body count, and bloodstained streets and buildings, we insist we are healthy and the tragedies befallen upon us are simply aberrations; cultural outliers. The patient has been diagnosing himself and the time has come for a professional and clinical analysis of our violent tendencies.

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A Lost Cohort of Black Politicians

Ford, Davis and Jackson

During the Congressional Black Caucus legislative week in 2004, there was a fundraising reception held for a young black politician from Chicago who hoped to represent his state in the U.S. Senate. The honorary chairs of the fundraiser were Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.), Artur Davis (D-Ala.) and Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.). They helped raise money for Barack Obama, who went on to win the Illinois Senate seat. We all know how the story ends. In 2008 Obama became the first black president of the United States and in November was elected for a second term.

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Announcing the Christopher G. Wells Memorial Scholarship

The Christopher Gadsden Wells Memorial Scholarship has been organized to provide funding for interested music students who wish to study at the Columbia Arts Academy. Beginning March 2013 the scholarship will be offered to two students annually who exhibit a unique dedication to and love of music. During the selection process, consideration will be given to the applicant’s financial need.

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Parenting Solo: Once a Parent

When I saw this question posted online it really made me think. “If someone loses a spouse they are called a widow or widower. If a child loses their parents they are called an orphan. Why isn’t there a name for a parent who loses a child?” One answer expressed my sentiments exactly. There is a name for that person – a parent. Once a child is created in your heart, there is no turning back.

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Rivera, Tolbert, Panthers enjoy thorough beat down of Chargers in San Diego

As a former assistant coach and player; respectively for San Diego, Ron Rivera and Mike Tolbert wanted very much to return from a recent trip to the westcoast with an upbeat feeling.

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City’s NYE Celebration: Do they ‘got what you need’?

A live concert. Fireworks. A midnight countdown. Great food and drink. A spot to watch the college bowl games. Basically everything you’d expect from a first-class New Year’s party, right in the middle of downtown Columbia, South Carolina.

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Benedict College opens Veterans Workforce Development Center

Columbia, SC – Benedict College will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the Veterans Workforce Development Center (VWDC). The event will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2012 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 2601 Read Street, Columbia, SC. Special Guest Speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Timothy A. Warner, Military Deputy, United States Army Research Office, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

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Should blacks fear or cheer Tim Scott in the Senate?

With Senator Jim DeMint announcing his retirement in order to head the conservative Heritage Foundation, Rep. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina)—the only black Republican in the new Congress in January— is the favorite to replace him.

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